Take Two for August 21, 2013

State of Affairs: Wrangling over the LA DWP union contract

DWP building

Omar Bárcena

LA Department of Water and Power building in Los Angeles.

Today we have a special edition of State of Affairs, our look at politics throughout California.

The Los Angeles City Council has scheduled another closed door meeting today to discuss a new labor contract with the powerful union that represents Department of Water and Power workers. At the center of contract negotiations lie more than 600 Byzantine work rules.

Mayor Eric Garcetti has argued that streamlining those rules could save the DWP millions of dollars.

Joining us now for a look at the high-stakes-wrangling over the contract are KPCC political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.


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